Each school year brings with it a freshman class filled with talented and accomplished students. This year CU Denver has the pleasure of welcoming two impressive new students, Alexa Powell, recipient of the Bob Kossman Scholarship, and Anmol Singh, recipient of the Comcast Founders Scholarship.
Bob Kossman Scholarship
Powell’s father is a member of the U.S. Air Force, qualifying her for the Bob Kossman Scholarship, a full-ride scholarship for military families, granted to students with a high school GPA of 3.5 or above and demonstrated financial need. “As part of a military family we had to move every three to four years,” Powell said. “Changing schools that often taught me a lot about adapting to new environments and making new friends wherever I went.”
For the last six years, however, Powell has been lucky enough to finish out her high school years at Rampart High School where she graduated from the International Baccalaureate program, a rigorous academic program designed to prepare students for higher education.
For Powell, high school was about more than just making the grade, she also actively volunteered both in and outside her school. As part of the Empty Bowls Project, Powell helped make nearly 500 ceramic bowls to sell at a yearly auction to raise money for a local family battling against cancer. “Working with the Empty Bowls Project gave the chance to get to know some of my teachers better and give back to the community,” Powell said. She also volunteered with the Helping Hands Food Pantry, delivering food and vaccinations to community members in need.
In addition to participating in the National Honors Society her junior year, Powell was a part of Rampart’s link crew, a group of students that helps welcome incoming freshmen. “I love building relationships and hearing other people’s stories,” Powell said.
Aside from time spent serving the community this past summer, Powell also participated in a 10-day trip to Brazil to help construct schools, houses, and community buildings along the Amazon. “The treatment of special needs children really touched my heart and compelled me to do something by helping to communicate information and equipment,” Powell explained. “There’s also a serious problem with the youth turning to criminal activity, so we want to provide supplies and activities to keep them engaged.” If one thing is abundantly clear, it’s that her commitment to serving others is as strong as ever.
Comcast Founder’s Scholarship
The Comcast Founder’s Scholarship awarded two students $10,000 for being the brightest in their communities, with Singh being one of these students. The other student was Maria Solis-Palma from North High School. Recently graduated from York International in Thornton, Singh has also shown a tremendous dedication to community service work. During his time on the Commerce City Youth Commission, a group dedicated to tackling the concerns and interests of the community’s youth, Singh helped in an initiative to get more students from high school into college.
Going above and beyond, Singh also volunteered as a youth mentor at his temple, the Colorado Singh Sabha. “I would help kids with difficulty in homework and combatting personal problems such as bullying,” Singh said. “I would often tell them to believe in themselves and be proud of who they are because diversity is what makes us unique.” Alongside serving in his temple, Singh volunteered in the emergency room of the local medical center. He also participated in the CU Denver Scholars Program, taking two college-level classes on the CU Denver campus. “At first it was a little out of my comfort zone, but after the second or third week I felt right at home,” Singh said.
When he isn’t too busy giving back to his community, Singh loves to travel and spend time with family and friends. He has visited California, New York, India, and Canada, just to name a few. “It’s such an eye opener to see the world around you, especially to experience it with the people you love the most,” Singh said. “Learning about a place isn’t the same as going there and getting to talk to the people.”
Choosing which college to go to is no easy task, yet Powell and Singh both agree CU Denver is the right fit for them. “CU Denver meets all of my needs being close to home, yet far enough that I can have a sense of independence,” Singh said. After some hands-on experience Singh is interested in internal medicine, and is excited to take advantage of CU Denver’s BA/BS-MD program housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For Powell, the perfect distance from home was just one of the things she loved about CU Denver. “I also love the diverse culture on campus and having the chance to talk with faculty one on one, ” Powell explained. After shadowing her pediatric dentist, Powell hopes to later enroll in the CU School of Dental Medicine to pursue a career in pediatric dentistry.
Although the first year of college can be a major transition, Powell and Singh are both confident in their ability to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. “The amount of effort you put in is what you get back,” Singh said. “I’m nervous but also completely confident I can do it if I just work hard.”